One of my favorite new shows on the Travel Network is Anthony Bourdain’s “ The Layover“…. ” On the Layover, Tony quickly gathers local intel, faces the enemy of time and distance, gets off the tired old tourist path and tries something new, all within a matter of hours.”
This past weekend on a glorious, un-seasonable warm Saturday , my cousin LaToya’s ( who was spending five days with us) husband Ward and daughter Demi had a seven hour layover en route to their home in Belgium. The challenge was on for The Adventurista, to plan a short but fabulous adventure for everyone, most importantly our two layover guests. I thought in my mind ” What would Anthony Bourdain do?”
I decided to pick a neighborhood and explore it. Ward ‘s line of work deals heavily in architecture and design, so LaToya and I knew that a neighborhood that would peak his interest would be the Meatpacking District. Off we went and our first stop was the High Line. The Karate Boy, Epicurean Man and I are obsessed with the High Line Park. Perfect for a leisurely walk on a warm day. That is exactly what we all did, we walked along the High Line and Ward was very impressed with all the modern, edgy designs of the buildings and homes that line the High Line. The Karate Boy and his teenage cousin Demi , enjoyed all the nature along the unique park.
After our wonderful time at the High Line , we walked over to one of my favorite new hotels, Hotel Americano. Following our visit to Hotel Americano , walking along ninth avenue, Ward was intrigued by the Meat warehouses that were still open for business ( hence the name Meatpacking District) . The kids were famished, so we headed over to the Chelsea Market, where we filled up on yummy treats like curry chicken/corn soup and cupcakes.
We had such a fabulous, whirlwind of a day. Seven hours later, airport bound, we were a bit sad the adventure had to end, but happy to have had such a fun filled, exciting day. I hope you enjoy my photo diary of our day.